Dubliners plump for Dubliners in novel twist
James Joyce's seminal work 'Dubliners' has been chosen as the centrepiece of the One City One Book project for 2012.
Thecollection of short stories published in 1914 and named in honour of the city's citizens will underpin what is now the festival's seventh year. A number of events and celebrations will be organised next April to encourage citizens to pick up the book.
The only criteria for the annual selection are that the author is Irish and of international acclaim and that, critically, the work is significant to the capital.
The book is selected by Dublin libraries and Dublin City Council and the event is seen as a key promotional tool for the city.
Previous choices have included Flann O'Brien's 'At Swim Two Birds', Sebastian Barry's 'A Long, Long Way', Jonathan Swift's 'Gulliver's Travels' and 'Ghost Light' by Joseph O'Connor, the 2011 choice. "It exemplifies the literary stamp that we have in this city and draws attention to us in new and different ways," said librarian Alastair Smeaton.